From the age of nine when I first went to the Marina beach and the beach at Mahabalipuram in Madras, the majestic beauty of the forces of the Sea, the waves, the wind and the soft sandy beaches made a great impact on me. Since then I always longed to be at a beach, spend time gazing the sea, walk along the shore in the soft sand and water. Fortunately, this was possible at regular intervals. While at college I mostly visited the Marina beach at Madras and Malpe beach near Udupi in Karnataka. Then it was other beaches as well, in Bombay, Vishakhapatnam, Goa, Pondicherry, Cochin, Kanyakumari, Somnath, VGP Golden beach and at Hiroshima and Miyajima in Japan and now at Puri and Konark. This means I have frequented beaches on Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and the Inland Sea of Japan. And from a young age stories and novels related to Sea life and adventures at Sea fascinated me. Fortunately my wife too shares the same feelings about the Sea.
This time we have gone on a five day vacation to Bhubaneswar, Puri and Konark to visit the great Temples there and spend time at the beaches in Puri and Konark. While at a beach, I have a feeling that there is nothing better than the Sea…there is no place quite as relaxing, beautiful or pleasant, and no place that combines simple pleasures in enjoying nature and unplugging from daily work-driven realities. The beach helps in recharging…great amount of happiness and energy. A lonely beach or one with few people enjoying the view and the waves is OK for me but surely not an overcrowded one.
The happy and peaceful pleasure apart, there is also scientific evidence of the good the Sea and the beach can do. Firstly the sunshine is a great source of Vitamin D perhaps much more than a glass of milk. Also, sunlight has been shown to decrease depression. Secondly the beach sand is a natural exfoliant. Everyone loves to walk on beach and feels very comfortable. This is because there are somewhere between 3,000 and 7,000 nerve endings in each foot that awaken when you walk across those tiny grains. Wet sand acts as a natural exfoliant and peels off dead skin cells from your feet, and really, anywhere else on your body, leaving them renewed and much softer. This gives about that comfortable feeling. Lastly, I have heard that the sand and the waves as they hit rheumatoid arthritis patients on the beach, they too begin to feel better.